About 2pm CST in the U.S., and 9 pm in Egypt on Monday, a uniformed spokesman for the Egyptian military appeared on Egyptian television sets and said “the armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people.” He affirmed the “legitimacy” of the protesters demands and he “affirmed” their right to peaceful freedom of expression. How that move would not seal Hosni Mubarak’s fate, I cannot imagine. The gauntlet was thrown today in Egypt. It is 6:15 am Tuesday in Cairo this minute, 10:15 pm CST. Sunrise is 30 minutes away, and a March of Millions has been called with chants in the streets of “Come down Egyptians!”
A short time later, the gauntlet dug deeper. The new Vice President (former Egyptian Intelligence officer) appeared on TV. He said Mubarak had authorized him to meet with “political forces” to begin a dialog about the issues that brought on the protests.
Conservative sources and bloggers are closely watching the return of Mohamed ElBaradei. We hope the Obama administration is doing the same. Our scrutiny sharpened when ElBaradei embraced the support of the Muslim Brotherhood. ElBaradei is the former Director-Generalof the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who boldly let Iran’s nuclear program go forth on his watch. Today, ElBaradei’s return to Egypt is endorsed by Iran:
Mohammed El Baradei — self-annointed “leader of the Egyptian opposition” — has more in common with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than anything remotely resembling democracy. He had a 12-year run, ending in 2009, as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where his primary legacy was to bring Iran to the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. He ran defense for Iran all those years, doing everything in his power to delay and delay and divert attention from the Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Today, the group of 20-somethings say they have chosen ElBaradei to represent the Egyptian protester’s interests to the United States, and to the Egyptian military. On Sunday ElBaradei addressed the crowd, symbolically after curfew, from Liberation Square and when he did so, he was speaking for the people.
This group of 20-somethings have surely miscalculated ElBaradei’s influence with the U.S., but no, unfortunately not, with Barack Obama sitting in the Oval Office. Hilariously, I heard Geraldo Rivera last night speak of the “lovely” man ElBaradei is. Jonah Goldberg spoke a tad more definitively when he said Mohamed ElBaradei is “a feckless anti-American bureaucratic dandy.” And just this minute on Greta VanSusteran, John Bolton is saying ElBaradei is a political “dilettant”.
He [ElBaradei] had clashed with the Bush administration over Iraq and iran policies, but later forged ties with the Obama administration.
Stunning in its implications, as ElBaradei organized a petition drive demanding political reform, only one year ago – In The Time of Obama.
The 20-somethings are no doubt the hope of Egypt, yet they have chosen poorly with ElBaradei, but not the same with The Muslim Brotherhood who is using ElBaradei for their foothold. The Brotherhood has agreed to leave their religious slogans and signs at home, lest the military tag them for the religious extremists that they are. They are not talking about their 2007 manifesto calling for “a religious guidance counsel” to approve all the secular laws passed by the parliament.
Ask any Egyptian women in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria or Suez if she wants The Muslim Brotherhood in control, in any way, in Egypt. The answer will be a deeply-felt passionate “no.”
But the gauntlet has been thrown, the military will do nothing to disburse the crowds as long as they stay peaceful. A workers strike is underway and tomorrow (already Tuesday in Egypt) the March of Millions will be in the streets. I remember back a few days ago, seems like weeks, when Mubarak asked his Cabinet to resign and Fox reported the people chanted over and over: “We don’t want the government to go. We want Mubarak to go.” Haven’t heard that chant since, and I don’t think Mohamed ElBaradei or The Muslim Brotherhood would approve. For a great resource to ongoing reports on the Egyptian uprising, visit The Conservative Hideoout’s Egypt Crisis page.
Linked by Donald Douglas at American Power – Thank you Professor!